Call it the upchuck charge.
Starting Sunday, cabbies in Chicago will be authorized to charge you $50 US if you throw up in their taxi.
“In a lot of ways, it’s empowering the driver to say there is a consequence to puking all over their cabs,” Jennifer Lipford, a spokeswoman for the city’s Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection, told redeyechicago.com.
George Lutfallah, publisher of Chicago Dispatcher – a news outlet covering the taxi industry – welcomes the change.
“For cabdrivers, it’s no laughing matter when someone throws up in the cab,” he told the website. “It’s something that doesn’t just go away with a simple wipe-down. It takes time and effort.”
If you get ill in a cab in Savannah, Ga., the cleanup fee is $75 US, in Austin, Tx., it’s $100 US, and Airport Taxi Limo Toronto charges customers $150 if they discharge the contents of their stomach in one of its fine cars.
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